NEW JERSEY’S EAST RUTHERFORD (AP) — The New York Giants’ center position has taken a serious hit due to a string of injuries.
On Friday, head coach Brian Daboll announced that starting quarterback Jon Feliciano (strained muscle) and backups Ben Bredeson (elbow), Garrett McGhin (strained muscle), Jamil Douglas (ankle), and Shane Lemieux (foot) would not play in the Giants’ second preseason game against Cincinnati on Sunday night.
Due to the injuries, starting left guard Max Garcia will now play center for the first team in practice.
Chris Owens, an offensive lineman, was signed by the Giants, and Josh Rivas, a guard who had been released on Sunday, was re-signed. Owens is a first-year player who played both tackle and center for Alabama in his lone season there.
On Friday, offensive line coach Bobby Johnson said that the only time he had a stretch of injuries at center was during his time coaching at Indiana.
Currently, “it seems to be all the centers,” Johnson said. However, this highlights the significance of cross-training males. This is why I stress training for both center and guard positions, as well as guard and tackle. It’s best to be prepared for anything, so if a guy can play all five, he should.
In his first seven seasons in the NFL, Garcia has primarily played guard, but he has also seen time at center.
In addition to Owens and whoever the coaching staff decides to try out as a reserve at center on Sunday, first-year pro and tackle Devery Hamilton of Duke has also taken snaps at the position.
Although Daboll has stated that quarterback Daniel Jones will play against the Bengals, his time on the field may be limited due to injuries in the middle of the field.
That’s okay, Max. “I know Max will be ready,” Johnson said. “He’s been around the block a few times, but if it wasn’t Max, it would be somebody else.”
Andre Patterson, the Giants’ defensive line coach, returned this week after missing the first few days of training camp due to an illness.
Patterson stated that he was unable to contribute during the first few days of camp, but that he has maintained communication with both Daboll and assistant line coach Bryan Cox. He also started talking to players over the phone and reviewing practice footage to convey his instructions.
NOTES: Daboll mentioned the centers and G On defense, Dane Belton, Cor’Dale Flott, and Rodarius Williams won’t be in the lineup, and Ellerson Smith, Jihad Ward, Sterling Shepard, Kadarius Toney, and Darius Slayton won’t be able to play wide receiver. On offense, Josh Ezeudu, Matt Breida, Gary Brightwell, Ricky Seals-Jones, and Andre Miller won’t be able to play tight end.
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